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Shortest BOS meeting in memory ends in free parking for New Canaan

Updated 3:39 pm, Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Six people attended the record short meeting at the New Canaan Police Department, held on Nov. 19, 2012. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods
    Six people attended the record short meeting at the New Canaan Police Department, held on Nov. 19, 2012. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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The Board of Selectmen may have set a record for its shortest meeting Nov. 19. The four-minute special meeting, held in a board room at the police department, focused on holiday parking in downtown New Canaan.

"I think that might be a record," First Selectman Robert Mallozzi remarked at the conclusion of the meeting.

Town Administrator Tom Stadler said he thought it was the shortest meeting he had participated in in his four years, though he could not be sure since it isn't a topic he keeps track of.

There were three items on the agenda. Mallozzi and Selectman Beth Jones approved a request from the Parking Commission to allow the Town Hall parking lot to be used for free parking during the holiday season. The spaces will be good for 90 minutes, as is the rest of public parking in the area.

"(We) thought it would be good to have some sort of parking system in there for Christmas," Mallozzi said. "Karen (Miller, Parking Bureau supervisor) ordered parking signs that say 90 minute parking. It will be free parking. It gives restaurants, retail and other businesses about 60 more spaces for parking."

The selectmen also approved a $41,214 contract for the renovation of the five baseball and softball fields at Waveny Park. The project had been approved with a lower bidder previously, but the company pulled out after it became inundated with work following Hurricane Sandy.

The third item dealt with matters involving Hurricane Sandy. There were none.

The clock read 4:05 p.m.

Selectman Nick Williams was not in attendance.

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